Invitation 31 October 2012

in partnership with

The Embassy of Switzerland


Central and Eastern European Initiative for International Criminal Law and Human Rights

invites you to a seminar


Regulating Private Military and Security Companies.

31 October 2012 at 14.15 – 17.00

Instytut Allerhanda, Pl. Sikorskiego 2/7, Kraków


See the poster here

The last decade has seen a boom in the number of private military and security companies (PMSCs) that provide services to governments and corporations around the world, with the industry now worth over $100 billion. Yet, so far PMSCs have faced little accountability for their operations despite having been connected to a number of human rights abuses, such as a high profile incident that involved Blackwater staff in Baghdad in 2007 when 17 civilians were killed. One of the first responses to calls for regulation came from the Swiss Government in the form of the Montreux Document and the 2010 voluntary International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers (ICoC). 

Are those documents an adequate answer to the challenges of the ‘privatization of war’, or is an international treaty indispensible?

Can a contracting company (e.g. a gas or oil company) relay on the fact that its security provider has signed the ICoC, to be certain that it meets its own responsibility to respect human rights? 

Our guests – representing the government, business and NGO perspectives - will attempt to answer these questions.


Welcome by Dr. Arkadiusz Radwan, CEO,  Allerhand Institute

  • Ms. Beata Faracik, LL.M., Allerhand Institute - Introductory remarks
  • Dr. Simon Geissbühler, Minister & Deputy Chief of Mission of Switzerland to Poland – “The Montreux Document: Its Ideas, Content and Future from the Swiss Perspective”
  • Mr. Piotr Krysz, CEO, Global Protection Agency, Ltd. - “The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers: the PSC perspective”
  • Ms. Priscilla Dudhia, LL.M., ICLHR Initiative and Mr. Jacek Kowalewski, LL.M., ICLHR Initiative - “The status of PMSCs in international humanitarian and criminal law”

Followed by discussion


Event (in English) is free of charge. However, registration is required due to limited number of places. 
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